Course Title: Biomechanics 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomechanics 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Noel Lythgo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6518

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.019

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the mechanics behind human motion and performance, including projectile motion, in sport and exercise. It specifically examines the:

  • Laws of Newtonian and fluid mechanics.
  • Mechanics of non-moving (statics) and moving (dynamic) systems
  • Kinematics or the spatiotemporal aspects of human and projectile motion
  • Kinetics of human and projectile motion or the forces that act on and within a body
  • The mathematical foundations behind the analysis of human and projectile motion
  • Analyse and describe the motion of a body or system by using qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Basic concepts of human skeletal muscle mechanics
  • Ergometry and basic concepts of energy expenditure.

Laboratories and practical sessions will provide the opportunity for you to apply biomechanics to applied situations in exercise and sport.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296 Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science):

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and aging (PLO7).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP041 Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education):

  • Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO2)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of biomechanics, particularly in the fields of kinematics and kinetics as applied to human and projectile motion.
  2. Safely and effectively use biomechanics instrumentation and equipment to record and assess human and object motion.
  3. Record, extract and analyse key information about human and object motion.
  4. Communicate biomechanics knowledge in a variety of scientific formats (reports, abstracts).

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, specific readings of literature, practical laboratories, online learning and assessment. Canvas allows you to independently access course material. I will be to your advantage to access and review relevant information prior to lectures and laboratories.

Forty eight hours (48) of lecturer guided learning (lectures, laboratories) and forty eight hours (48) of directed learning through online activities and independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include lecture notes, specific readings of literature, laboratory guides and use of motion analysis equipment.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Research Plan

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Tests

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 3: Major Project

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 25% 

This assessment supports CLO 1


Skills Test (Pass/Fail Hurdle)

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Any student failing the laboratory skills tests on the first attempt will be provided with a second opportunity to pass the skills test.  A second failure will result in a failure of the course. 

Attendance (Pass/Fail Hurdle)

In order to pass this course, students are required to attend and actively participate in 80% of the practical/tutorial sessions throughout the semester.  In the case of students failing to attend the minimum of session for reasons other than medical, additional sessions will not be provided by the course.